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“Being a mom is an absolute joy for me.” As a mama of a one year old with another baby on the way, Cecilia Unpingco shares with us the powerful transformation motherhood created within her, and how the support of her family made all the difference. She speaks about the selfless love and commitment that comes with having children, and puts a mother’s love into powerful words.
Cecilia, tell us about you:
I’m a mama of a one year old boy, and expecting another baby on the way. I was born in Sevilla, Spain, and grew up as a military child in Germany before eventually relocating to the United States at 21. I have a strong passion for wellness, cherish the experience of motherhood, and enjoy expressing my creativity in various ways.
What was the most unexpected part of your own motherhood journey?
The journey of motherhood is a transformative and profound experience that encompasses a range of emotions, challenges, and joys. From the anticipation and wonder of pregnancy, to the unconditional love and nurturing bond with a child, it is a journey that requires patience, selflessness, and continuous learning, ultimately shaping a woman's identity and leaving an indelible mark on her life.
How does Matrescence’s Mission to “mother the mother” resonate with you as a mom?
During my motherhood journey, I've discovered the vital importance of self-care. As a mother, my days are filled with endless responsibilities and demands, leaving little time for myself. However, I have come to realize that in order to be the best mother I can be, I must prioritize my own well-being. Self-care allows me to recharge, rejuvenate, and preserve my mental and physical health, enabling me to show up for my children with love, patience, and energy. It is not a selfish act, but a necessary one that benefits both me and my family. By investing in self-care, I am nurturing myself and creating a positive and balanced environment for my children to thrive.
What is the best thing you learned about parenting and who did you learn it from?
As I embarked on my motherhood journey, both my parents played a crucial role in supporting me along the way. The most remarkable revelation for me was the sheer wonder of selflessness that accompanied the experience. Putting my son's needs before my own and wholeheartedly embracing this profound love has been an incredible and fulfilling transformation in my life.
What do you think is the most challenging aspect of being a mom, and how do you manage it?
Being a mom is an absolute joy for me, and I don't view it as a challenge. If I were to pinpoint any difficulty, it would be the occasional moments when being pregnant with a one-year-old can be overwhelming due to the sheer physical demands. Nevertheless, I wholeheartedly embrace and adore this experience because, at the core, I simply love being a mama.
How has motherhood changed you as a person, and what have you learned from the experience?
Motherhood has revealed to me the remarkable ease with which one can embody selflessness when fueled by immense love. It has taught me that love is inherently selfless—an unwavering commitment where doubts fade away, and you wholeheartedly invest yourself. When you truly love something, you embrace it fully, without reservation or hesitation.
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